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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Spy Handler I'm sorry what is collecting what? (215 comments)

Sounds like something to do with medicine and pharmacy.

Yeah I know RTFA TL;DR yada yada

yesterday
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'Endrun' Networks: Help In Danger Zones

Spy Handler Re:So, mesh? (27 comments)

So just a mesh network with multipath capability then?

don't forget the interplanetary capability!

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Spy Handler She would've flunked the sperm test (193 comments)

cos she has no sperm.

(and no I'm not kidding, they tested your sperm to see if you qualified as part of Project Mercury)

yesterday
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Spy Handler 20 million out of 50 million stolen? (59 comments)

Is that really true? How can 40% of your entire country's population have their identities stolen and still have a functioning economy? Man those Koreans are really tough.

Didn't RTFA but I wonder if their reliance on IE6 and ActiveX had anything to do with this...

3 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Spy Handler What equations? (89 comments)

Creating this kind of curved spacetime in the lab won't reveal any new physics but it will allow researchers to study the behavior of existing laws under these conditions for the first time. That's not been possible even in theory because the equations that describe these behaviors are so complex that they can only be solved in the simplest circumstances.

Are they talking about general relativity equations?

3 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Spy Handler Re:You want an idea? How about we fund NASA? (348 comments)

I'm sorry but NASA is a bloated bureaucracy. Just throwing money at it and letting it do whatever it wants would be a horrible idea.

However NASA did pretty good recently with the fixed-price contracts to private companies (SpaceX) for specific targets. We need more of these. Kill the cost plus defense industry contracts, kill the SLS and everyone connected with that clusterfuck, completely neuter Congress so that indivdual congresscritters looking for pork barrel have no influence on any project whatsoever.

4 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Spy Handler Re:Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (348 comments)

We don't have to wait 10 years for Lockheed to make the fusion reactor work. Fission rockets are plenty powerful, enough to rule the solar system.

Plus there's always the chance that Lockheed fusion turns out to be a dead end and we're left with nothing.

Behold, the gaseous core nuclear thermal rocket, Liberty ship

3,060 ISP
1,000 ton payload to LEO

But since it's eeevil nuclear power (and fission at that), it will never get built in the US. But hopefully in the future China or some other country not under the thumb of enviro-liberals will step up and build it.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Spy Handler How about Teen Titans? (186 comments)

seems a better prospect than a Shazam or Aquaman movie.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Spy Handler Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

Yes it would be.

It's just a lame attempt by a leftist nutter to shift blame onto the evil Republicans. A crazy doomsday prepper holed up in a mountain cabin is just about the last person on earth you need to worry about in an Ebola outbreak.

Also note how he tries to deflect Ebola responsibility to the Texas governor. As if Rick Perry had any power over CDC or US customs and immigration.

Sorry dude, you can try to make it Rickbola all you want, but Obola is what's gonna stick because the responsibility lies with him.

4 days ago
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Drupal Fixes Highly Critical SQL Injection Flaw

Spy Handler Re:Heh (53 comments)

Kind of like a flu vaccine that give you... the flu

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Spy Handler What industry? (224 comments)

and what job position are you interviewing for?

If it's a regular job and not research, I'd say don't bring it up. Even if your patent has nothing to do with this company's business, they might think you'll bail out of the job as soon as you make $$$ from your patent.

Or if your patent is still pending, they might think you'll spend more time trying to get your patent awarded. Basically another distraction. Kind of like how employers disfavor workers with young children.

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Spy Handler Re:Yikes, (564 comments)

Nah, aliens don't use fusion. Too primitive. The Area 51 stuff was all antimatter annihilation.

They reverse engineered antimatter generators back in the 60s, but it wasn't very useful without the element 115 fuel so they never bothered to build one. What use is a car if gasoline is not available on your planet, right?

If Lockheed makes fusion work then kudos to them. It's all human ingenuity. All earth tech!

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Spy Handler Re:wow (564 comments)

By "we" I assume you mean the human race?

I really don't understand why even presumably scientifically literate people buy into this doomsday idea. Assuming technology does not advance and this Lockheed fusion reactor comes to nothing, you're proposing that the human race will not survive to the year 2100?

How exactly will this come about? Global warming kills all humans on the planet? Fighting over dwindling oil results in nuclear war?

Stone-age humans survived disasters worse than these. Now please explain to me how 7 billion modern humans spread out into every corner of the globe all die with no survivors. And don't say Greenpeace told me so.

5 days ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Spy Handler Spider silk in space (82 comments)

Suspend spider silk from a satellite.
Employ an army of spiders to ferry micro-cargo from earth to space.

about a week ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

Spy Handler Re:More bloat, less marketshare (113 comments)

I haven't looked into it in detail, but Firefox still feels less bloated than Chrome. I'm using 31.1.1 ESR.

Javascript rendering seems faster on Firefox than Chrome also.

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Spy Handler Re:German illegal? (323 comments)

And NOBODY seemed to have a problem with this!!!

A lot of people did have a problem with this apparently, because Islam is more praised and protected by the US gov't now than ever.

I am not familiar with the congressional hearing you're referring to. Were they discussing stripping rights from Muslims living in the US, including US citizens, and imprisoning or deporting them summarily? Because that's what it sounds like you're saying.

I'll just say that there is a metric ton of difference between rounding up citizens and lawful residents based on their religion, and simply barring entry of foreign nationals from another country. Former is a flagrant violation of constitutional and human rights, while the latter is simply called controlling your borders -- something every sovereign nation in history has done and is self-evidently entitled to.

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Spy Handler Re:I am SHOCKED! (323 comments)

The Latins lost WW-1 and WW0 to the Huns and the Vandals, yet that didn't stop Latin from being the pre-eminent scientific language until the 1800s.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

Spy Handler Climate change is degrading the military (228 comments)

Now please raise the defense budget 12% per year, so that we may relocate naval bases to higher ground and do more maintenance on equipment damaged by severe weather.

Signed,
Colonel Trout

about a week ago

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Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about three weeks ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft who recently purchased the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, will ban the use of Apple products by his team. Ballmer is no longer working for Microsoft but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion."
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How Russia Should Respond to U.S. Olympic Snub with Snowden

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 10 months ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In a move that can only be interpreted as a snub against Russia's recent anti-gay laws, U.S. will be sending openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, without President Obama or any other high ranking government official in attendance. Score one point for USA, most of us can agree that such anti-gay laws are unjust with no place in a modern civilized society. However, Russia can score its own point in rebuttal and highlight the log in America's own eye — NSA's global internet surveillance — by inviting Edward Snowden to the opening ceremony. Bonus point for having him light the Olympic torch."
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Verizon Programmer Caught Outsourcing Own Job To China

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In 2012 when Verizon discovered that its corporate systems were being accessed by someone in China, it launched an investigation. Initially thought to be a case of industrial espionage or a malicious hacker, it turns out that one of their own employees had contracted his programming job out to a team in China. The programmer, man in his mid 40's identified only as "Bob", would show up for work, watch cat videos and surf Reddit (among other things), while the contractors in China did the work he was supposedly doing. He paid them one-fifth of the 6-figure salary he was getting from Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building." However, Bob has been fired after his scheme was discovered."

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NASA To Test Bigelow Inflatable Module Aboard ISS

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "NASA has announced that it has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station. Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Seems like all the pieces for a privately-built space renaissance are starting to fall into place. When the Falcon Heavy goes operational to provide cheap launches, we could finally have the spaceflight boom that space enthusiasts have been dreaming of."

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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."
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Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

"Everything looks good as we head toward the April 30 launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

If successful, SpaceX will become the first private company to launch a space vehicle and dock with the ISS."

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Apple and Samsung Rake In 95% of Mobile Phone Profits

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "The race for mobile domination appears to be a two-horse race. According to a new CNET report, Apple took in a whopping 80 percent of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter — that's counting all cell phones, not just smartphones. Samsung came in second, reaping 15 percent of the profits. Everyone else was left scrambling for crumbs.

Perhaps the release of Windows 8 phones can turn the tide and prevent a Apple-Samsung duopoly from taking place."

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Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs."

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Tearing Down iPhone 4S reveals 512MB RAM

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "ComputerWorld is reporting that tearing down the just-released iPhone 4S reveals an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM.

"How do we know it's 512MB? Check out the marking, specifically 'E4E4,' denoting two 2Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4Gb — or 512MB."

What's baffling to me — since I have yet to drink the Kool-aid and am unfamiliar with Apple hardware — is why did it take disassembling the phone and examining chip markings to deduce the amount of RAM in the system? In Linux and Windows, you type in one command and it tells you. Or simply looking at the box usually shows the processor, RAM and HDD size"

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Would You Vote For a Programmer President?

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Herman Cain, one of the current front-runners in the race for the Presidency of the U.S., has a master's degree in Computer Science (and a bachelor's degree in Mathmatics). As a Slashdotter, would this fact affect your vote favorably toward him?

Contrast this with your typical politician, most of whom have a law degree and majored in something in liberal arts as an undergraduate. (Mr. Obama was a Political Science major and has a law degree)"
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NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading."

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Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In spite of the sensationalist stories on the Japan earthquake by U.S. media , which is giving the public an impression of a nuclear holocaust at the power plants and generally spreading anti-nuclear F.U.D., the reality is actually quite different... and not so dire. According to this article — which contains actual info about the reactors involved and how they function — everything worked exactly as the designers intended in a natural disaster scenario such as this, there will be no Chernobyl, and the public is not in danger of developing green skin and turning into the Hulk."
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Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost."

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Americans' Support for Nuclear Power Highest Ever

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to a new Gallup poll, 64% of Americans favored nuclear power as a means for generating electricity.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

71% of Republicans supported nuclear, while 51% of Democrats did so."

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Software Engineer Flies Plane into IRS Building

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software engineer flew his small airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas today. Fortunately none of the 199 IRS employees who work there were killed, even though the crash caused a massive fire that gutted the building.

The pilot, Joseph Stack, was the founder of a small software company that apparently had tax problems with the government, and he posted a disgruntled suicide note on his company webite. (archived version here.)"

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Los Angeles City Website Crashed by MJ Memorial

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The City of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million to provide security for Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday, mostly in overtime pay for approximately 3000 police officers. Since the city was already in the midst of a severe budget crisis, it actively sought out donations from MJ fans, by asking them to go to the city's website and sending them money. (there is a prominent link at the top of the home page that says "JACKSON EVENT DONATIONS")

Unfortunately the website simply could not handle the surge in traffic and crashed repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of them lasting for 12 hours. As of Wednesday the city has only received $17,000 in donations.

A quick check of the city's website reveals that it is running Sun Java Web Server 6.1"

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Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

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